China Justice Observer


Looking into Chinese courts through SPC's Report in 2018

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Categories: Insights
Editor: C. J. Observer


The article is based on the annual Report of China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC), delivered by Justice Zhou Qiang (周强), President of the SPC, at a meeting of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) on 9 March 2018. 


The SPC heard about 82,383 cases and closed about 79,692 ones, up 60.6 percent and 58.8 percent over the previous five-year period respectively.

Local courts nationwide heard about 88.97 million cases and closed 85.98 million ones, up 58.6 percent and 55.6 percent over the previous five years respectively.

Local courts nationwide closed cases involving a total amount of RMB 20.2 trillion (about USD 3.19 trillion ), up 144.6 percent over the previous five-year period.

A total of 6.07 million suspects were convicted in the first trials of 5.49 million criminal cases.

A total of 683,000 cases of intellectual property rights were concluded, up146.7 percent over the previous five-year period.

A total of 487,000 civil cases concerning environmental damages and 88,000 criminal cases involving offenses related to environment were concluded.

A total of 75,000 foreign-related civil and commercial cases were concluded.

A total of 72,000 maritime cases were concluded.

Chinese courts tried a total of 15,000 cases concerning international judicial assistance.

A total of 646,000 cases were broadcast live on the “China Trials Online” (, with 4.85 billion views.

A total of 42.783 million judgments are available to the public on the “China Judgments Online” (, with 13.34 billion visits.



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